After months of anticipation, the 15th of April marked the day that Ryan and I flew over to Thailand!
A 3 hour flight to Bangkok, a 3 and a half hour stopover, 1 hour flight to Krabi and a 40 minute taxi ride later; we had finally arrived at our hostel in Ao Nang!
Unfortunately things didn’t get off to a great start, as we were told that the room that we had ordered wasn’t ready, so were offered a room with single beds and no windows to the outside world instead, at a slightly discounted price. As we politely declined, we were offered the room that we ordered, but in the hostel next door. The room was clean and basic, though we didn’t think much of the weak shower after a day of travelling.
Although the VIP Hotel Guesthouse advertised themselves as being 5 minutes away from the beach/main town area, they conveniently didn’t mention that this referred to a tuk-tuk ride. However this wasn’t an issue for us on our first night as we really enjoyed walking down the lively road, taking in all of the restaurants, live music and local atmosphere.
While our hotel was really cheap (900 Baht i.e. $214 HK), we passed so many accommodations on the half-hour walk down to the beach that we think it would be worth booking a little closer to town at a similar price to maximize your time for fun-activities in Ao Nang!
Anyway, back to the fun stuff; we turned left as we reached the beach, leading us down a lovely path lit up by pretty lanterns and fairy lights!
After much deliberation, as all of the food looked so delicious (but a tad pricier than the restaurants that we passed along the way), we settled on a restaurant where we enjoyed a totes romantic candle-lit dinner! 😉
We shared a yummy mixed platter, which included the usual satay sticks, fish cakes, mini rolls etc.
For his main, Ry went for his new favourite of beef and flat noodles.
During dinner, we were also serenaded by a lovely acoustic couple underneath the fairy lights!
I went for fried rice with salted egg, cucumber and a perfectly grilled fish.
A great first meal – WELL DONE THAILAND! 😉
After dinner, we took a walk along the appropriately named ‘Walking Street.’
Ao Nang is definitely tourist-central; there seemed to be more tourists than Thai locals there! The streets were lined with bars, shops filled with souvenirs and beach gear and Tourist Information Centres. We didn’t really have much interest in getting ‘I Love Thailand’ T-shirts quite yet, so we booked a minivan for Koh Lanta the next day and continued strolling.
I was pretty excited when I saw this little henna set-up on the side of the road as I’d always wanted a henna tattoo (frankly, I’m too scared to get a real tattoo!) I went for a design on my hand…
We had quite a few compliments from passers-by; this guy was such a perfectionist!
By the time that he’d finished, the shops were all beginning to close, so we decided to call it a night and headed back to the hostel.
The next morning, we woke up bright and early!
Check out our little balcony; I think the plastic chair really gives it an edge.
After packing up our belongings and leaving it with the friendly staff, we set off into the blazing sunshine!
Looking back now, 8am on our first day was the best time to start applying sun cream, but we obviously weren’t very smart…
Coming from teeny-tiny Hong Kong, we loved seeing the wide roads!
Especially as they were pretty empty at this time of day.
Food and drink stalls were set up early…
while mopeds whizzed by!
We also came across chickens,
Funny hostel signs,
And too many eateries to even count!
For breakfast, we nipped into a little restaurant boasting a rather cheap menu.
I loved the little touches, like the flowers and fans on the ceiling along with the fish-tank that we sat next to.
I went for a prawn pad thai, while Ry went for the beef version!
They were so good and ridiculously cheap; I think we might have to reconsider those ‘I love Thailand’ T-shirts 😉
As the heat was becoming rather unbearable already and we were both super excited to get on a tuk-tuk, we hailed one down and hopped on!
It only took a few minutes to reach the beach!
Long-tail boats over to the local islands run really regularly; as soon as they have enough passengers, they set off!
We bought our tickets for Railay Beach, (suggested by my top pal, Jess, who described it as the highlight of her recent trip to Thailand) and eagerly waited our turn…
Sorry to leave y’all on a cliff-hanger, I promise to upload our Railay adventures soon! 😉